Colorful containers at Civano Nursery, Tucson

Does your garden have a case of the ‘blahs’?  

One of the most frequent desires for homeowners that I meet with is more colorful interest for their outdoor spaces.  One of the easiest ways to add a splash of color to the garden is introducing brightly colored pots.

There are some situations where adding color using flowering plants is difficult, particularly when there is a lot of shade as most plants won’t bloom in heavy shade.  

My favorite solution for that problem is to plant a shade-loving succulent in a colorful pot such as elephant’s food (Portulacaria afra).

Adding a color element to a shady entry is just one of the many ways to use vibrant pots to add colorful interest year round.  In my latest Houzz article, I share a number of ways how you can utilize pots as a decorative element to the garden.

 

How do you add color to your outdoor spaces?

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

4 replies
  1. karen
    karen says:

    Hello pl
    are the orange square containers from the top source” Tucson? Love em , I am in the Phx area, hope they are local??Please let me know when you have the time.

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    • arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
      arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

      Hi Karen,

      I took the photos of the orange square pots at the Desert Botanical Garden’s gift shop a few years ago. I agree that they are fabulous. I don’t know if they still have them. The Plant Stand in central Phoenix is a great spot for finding pots.

      I hope this helps!

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